Paul Gieleghem was elected to serve as Clinton Township Treasurer in November 2016. As Treasurer, Paul Gieleghem is responsible for safeguarding the Township funds, maximizing investment gains, running an efficient office and meeting the statutory obligations of the Treasurer’s office. Additionally, he serves as a voting member of the Township Board of Trustees, providing oversight, planning and policy for all of the functions of Township government.
Paul Gieleghem serves as Chairperson of the Clinton Township Conservation Committee, and as a member of the following Committees: Police and Fire Pension Board, Budget Ways and Means, Ambulance, Refuse and Disposal, and Parks and Recreation. He is an alternate on the Personnel Vacancy Review Committee and a member of the 41B District Court Management Council.
Prior to the 2016 election, Paul Gieleghem served as an administrator for Macomb County Treasurers Derek Miller and Ted Wahby where he managed core functions of the Treasurer’s office. Additionally, Paul served as a part-time Trustee on the Clinton Township Board from 2012 to 2016, where he learned the inner-workings of township government.
From 2005-10, he served on the Macomb County Board of Commissioners, where his colleagues elected him to serve as chairman from 2009-10. Paul Gieleghem, 46, is credited with ably steering Macomb County through the worst economic crisis since the great depression. As chairman, Paul implemented reforms and cost cutting, created innovative partnerships to preserve services, ramped up the county’s economic development outreach and led by example; cutting the pay of commissioners before asking others for sacrifice.
Paul’s broad approach to leadership and focus on problem solving was formulated while serving the residents of Clinton Township, Mount Clemens and Fraser as their representative in the Michigan Legislature from 1999 to 2004. He also served as a legislative aide to former state Senator Ken DeBeaussaert, and on the campaign staff of former Congressman David Bonior.
Paul Gieleghem is a member of the Belgian-American Association and the Interfaith Center for Racial Justice and previously served on the steering committee for Catholic Services of Macomb, and as a board member for the Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers Association.
Paul has a bachelor’s degree in public relations from Wayne State University, an associate’s degree in Business from Macomb Community College and is a graduate of Clintondale High School.
Paul Gieleghem was named in Crain’s Detroit Business 2009 edition of “40 under 40.“ In 2005 he was recognized by the Allergy and Asthma Foundation of Michigan for his legislation protecting severely allergic patients. Paul was named “Environmentalist of the Year 2004” by the Sierra Club of Michigan, and was presented with the “Presidential Recognition Award” by the Michigan Society for Clinical Laboratory Science. In 2002 he was named “Legislator of the Year” by the Michigan Association of Intermediate School Superintendents.
Paul is a lifelong resident of Clinton Township. He and his wife Sara live in Clinton Township and together, they are raising two daughters.
Phone: (586) 286-9313
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Understanding Your Taxes
Tax Cycle Information Tax Cycle Information
Summer tax lien is July 1 and payable through September 14 without interest. From September 15th to September 30th a 1% late fee will be assessed. An additional 1% will be assessed the first of each month thereafter through the end of February.
Winter tax lien is December 1 and payable through the end of the tax cycle without interest.
As of March 1, unpaid taxes are considered delinquent (with the *Exception noted above) and must be paid to the Macomb County Treasurer's Office. The County Treasurer's Office is located in the Macomb County Administration Building at One South Main in Mount Clemens. Clinton Township DOES NOT have records of payments made to the Macomb County Treasurer for delinquent taxes. You must contact the Macomb County Treasurer (586) 469-5190 to determine pay off amounts for delinquent taxes or to verify if delinquent taxes have been paid. You can also obtain delinquent property tax information on the County website: http://www.macombcountymi.gov/treasurer.
Deferments & Exemptions Deferments & Exemptions
Contact the Treasurer's Office (586) 286-9313 for the following:
SUMMER TAX DEFERMENT is available to senior citizens (62) who meet the income requirements as well as paraplegic, quadriplegic, totally and permanently disabled, blind or eligible service persons, veterans or widows. Application must be made July 1st through September 14th.
Contact the Assessing Department (586) 286-9468 for the following:
PRINCIPAL RESIDENCE EXEMPTION (P.R.E.) provides the "principal residence" of a taxpayer with an exemption from the local school operating millage, up to 18 mills. An owner must claim this exemption by filing an affidavit with the township's assessing department on or before June 1st. Taxpayers may only claim one home as their principal residence.
Note: A Notice of Foreclosure presented to the Assessor results in the removal of the P.R.E. status from the property.
POVERTY EXEMPTION requests can be made by low income residents only for the current year, not for previous years. Residents must own and reside in the home for two consecutive years preceding the application and provide proof of income for all persons living in the residence. Household gross income must meet the current year's income guidelines set by the Township Board. Application can be made for the March, July or December Board of Review.
VETERAN'S EXEMPTION from the collection of property taxes is available to disabled veterans who were discharged from the armed forces of the U.S. under honorable conditions and who own and use the real property as a homestead. An affidavit and other documentation required by PA 161 of 2013 must be filed by the veteran or non-remarried surviving spouse with the assessing office.
RELIEF DURING ACTIVE MILITARY SERVICE can be granted to soldiers and sailors who own property. Application can be filed before or during the period of service. Under the Soldiers & Sailors Relief Act, property can't be sold to pay delinquent property taxes during the service person's tour of active duty. If taxes are delinquent during the tour of duty, an interest of 6% per year will be charged rather than at the higher rates provided by law.
Summer Tax Bill Summer Tax Bill
Payment covers the period from July 1st through June 30th of the following year.
Summer Taxes include:
Interest Fees: After September 14th, unpaid summer taxes incur an automatic 1% interest through the end of September. An additional 1% per month is charged on the first of each subsequent month through February. Unpaid summer taxes with interest are added to the winter tax bill.
Summer Tax Deferment is available to senior citizens (62), and those who are paraplegic, quadriplegic, totally and permanently disabled, blind, or an eligible veteran or widow. Applications can be obtained by going to http://www.michigan.gov and must be submitted to the Township Treasurer's Office before September 14th. Deferment postpones the summer tax payment deadline to February 28th without interest or penalty.
Winter Tax Bill Winter Tax Bill
Payment covers the period from December 1st - November 30th of the following calendar year.
Winter taxes include:
Property Tax Rates Property Tax Rates
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Difference Between Assessment and Taxable Value Difference Between Assessment and Taxable Value
On March 15, 1994, the voters of Michigan passed a state constitutional amendment known as Proposal A. This proposal created a new term called Taxable Value (TV), or the figure against which millage would be multiplied to determine property taxes.
Proposal A requires that:
Proposal A "caps" the growth in TV in those years when market values (Assessed Values) are increasing faster than inflation. Over the course of many years, Proposal A allows many taxpayers to pay property taxes on significantly less than the market value of their property.
Proposal A's Relationship to Housing Market Downturns
Taxable Value Reset Upon Transfer of Property
Important Information for New Buyers Important Information for New Buyers
Tax bills are prepared in June and November. The transfer of property during these periods can result in tax bills reflecting the previous owner's name rather than the new responsible party. In addition, the U.S. Post Office directs mail based upon the addressee information on record. Consequently a tax bill could be forwarded to the former owner's new address. New homeowners should call or stop in at the Treasurer's Office to make certain they receive their tax bill.
When property is transferred, the TV is reset or "uncapped" and returned to being the full (SEV) for the following year. This most often results in a new property owner paying higher taxes than the previous owner, who may have been benefiting from many years of capping. Potential buyers should always use SEV when estimating a property's tax liability.
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